Recently I read that “most people” take about 10,000 pictures a year. Say what?!
“Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor,
it’s anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living.”
– Peter Walsh
Adding to Peter’s excellent quote, I’ll include “and devices” after floor. Since the first iPhone was shared with the world in 2007, the number of photos we take has increased exponentially. One might think having photos in digital format would help us process them, edit them, and get to enjoy them more… Sadly, that’s far from reality. We simply do not have the time, so in our libraries they sit. Come along with me and we’ll organize your photos simply, clear out the stress, and make more space for the life you most want to be living.
SEE IT. MAP IT. DO IT.© is the 3-step organizing process that works for all the areas of your space and life, including digital. Time to use them for your photo library.
SEE IT – Take a look at where you are now. Answering the questions below will provide reflection and clarity about your current situation.
- How do you feel about your digital photos?
- Are you able to quickly find photos when you want to look at them?
- What’s working? You can be specific or general.
- What isn’t working? What don’t you like?
MAP IT – Make a plan for what you want. We’ve got ideas to help you make determinations.
- How do you want to feel about photos?
- What would it be like to enjoy photos of your favorite people, places, and events?
- Would you enjoy seeing your favorite photos on your TV? In a digital photo frame? Or would you prefer to create and print books?
- Think about photos with umbrella categories. See a sample outline in the Do It. Step.
DO IT – Take the steps to make it happen. Schedule 60 minutes on your calendar for organizing your 2023 photos.
- Set the stage: Put your phone on Do Not Disturb/Focus. Silence is probably best for this.
- Create folders/albums in your photo library. We suggest using years and then events or other relative subcategories within those years. Start with processing your 2023 photos and, over time, work your way backwards. Below is a sample outline.
- 2023 Hawaii Trip
- 2023 Trace Graduation
- 2023 Taos Trip
- 2023 Backyard Project
- 2023 Concerts
- 2023 Random Gems
- 2023 Landscapes or Nature Faves
- 2023 Screenshots or Misc. for Filing
- Move your photos into the appropriate album.
- Take time to celebrate a layer complete!
Schedule more Do It Sessions as needed to get your whole library processed. Take your time
Over the next few months use the system as life unfolds. Have an event coming up? Make an album with the event name and put photos in there that day or within a few days.
Your Guide, Kate Fehr. I am passionate about teaching people the skills of clutter clearing, organizing, and simplifying.